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Packaging Risk Manager

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Supply Chain
Rotterdam, South Holland;
London, England
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Location: Weena, Rotterdam – the Netherlands / London, United Kingdom


Local conditions apply


Unilever is one of the world`s largest Fast Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG) businesses, with interest across Personal Care, Homecare, Refreshment and Foods product categories. We reach 2 billion consumers a day. It has 161,000 employees. We make products that people love – and that make a difference. Nutritious foods. Household care essentials. Indulgent ice creams. Refreshing teas. Luxurious shampoos. Affordable, disease-combating soaps... and many more. In fact, we make around 400 much-loved brands including global brands such as Knorr & Dove, but also local brand such as Calvé (the Netherlands) and Suave (the Americas) and of course our products of the Vegetarian Butcher. Shoppers buy them in more than 190 countries. That means you’ll find at least one of our products in seven out of ten households on the planet. And we want every one of those products to make a positive impact on the lives of the people who buy them. 

We want our business to flourish, and we know that our success depends on others flourishing around us. That's why our purpose is to make sustainable living commonplace, and why sustainable, long-term growth is at the heart of our business model. 


Manage direct and embedded packaging commodity price risk as part of the commodity risk management group.

Lead and own the global packaging risk management portfolio to:

provide market analysis of packaging materials,

run frequent price and volatility forecasting,

implement hedging strategies and execution through use of listed derivatives, OTC products, or proxy hedges in compliance with internal policies and hedge accounting principles.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Conduct fundamental research and analyze trends in packaging- and related markets and provide market price forecasts for all materials under scope – generate insights from all known  sources and communicate to the business and CRM group.

  • Formulate and implement a strategy to address the business risk exposure under all aspects of price, duration, and volatility.

  • Show diligence in the reporting accuracy of coverage, and work with Middle office and operations teams to drive for timely and accurate reports. Challenge the status quo and own your portfolio.

  • Lead in the expansion of the portfolio and explore proxy hedging through related commodities.

  • Partner with procurement buyers and provide guidance in the physical procurement process, supplier negotiation, and contracting.

  • Provide training and support to internal stakeholders and management on packaging markets and risk management strategies.

  • Develop a strong industry network with suppliers, traders, and gather intelligence from market reports.

  • Engage business stakeholders to communicate the view of CRM and the strategy. Show curiosity to understand the business context in each market and provide relevant solutions.

Key Challenges:

  • Relaying complex information on markets, strategy, and price forecasts to key stakeholders in an easy-to-understand format.

  • Providing risk management solutions for Unilever’s diverse business needs and risk profiles given the lack of liquid hedging products.

  • Searching for opportunities to expand the scope of Commodity Risk Management both in terms of tools used and scope. This will involve a commitment to a high degree of diligence and research.

Professional Skills:

  • In-depth market knowledge and experience in packaging or related commodity markets, ideally with a focus on resins, industrial metals, and paper products.

  • Highly numerate with strong excel skills and interest in fundamental and quantitative analysis.

  • Clear communication skills with ability to concise complex market knowledge into simplistic information – keep it short and precise.

  • High achieving, independent individual with strong problem-solving skills and entrepreneurial spirit.

Experience Required:

  • University degree in Economics, Finance, Engineering

  • At least 5 years’ experience in Trading, Research, or Procurement


Limited travel may be required.


Unilever is the place where you can be yourself and bring your purpose to life with the work that you do – creating a better business and a better world. We offer an exciting & dynamic work environment where you can make things happen. Furthermore, we offer some great reward and benefits!

  • Attractive total remuneration package; excellent company pension, bonus, share scheme.

  • Flexible cross-disciplinary career opportunities and a wealth of training opportunities & wellbeing resources whenever and wherever.

  • Plenty of company-paid holidays to further ensure your work-life balance is maintained.

  • We encourage an inclusive culture, which comes to life with interchangeable public holidays, paid paternity leave of 6 weeks and our transgender policy.

  • Under the Hybrid Working principles, you will be expected to spend a minimum of 40% in the office or at customers, suppliers or partners to connect and collaborate.  For the time you work from home, we will ensure you are well equipped. When you are at the office , you can enjoy our tasty canteen with prepped food and own products.

  • Informal culture and being the first one trying our new products. 

  • My Fitness Plan (reduction on your Fitness Subscription).

  • Home work allowance

  • Company laptop and mobile phone

  • Green Mobility Policy.   


Join Unilever and our team! To apply, you must do so online. Please do not forget to upload your CV and a motivation letter.  Your application will be reviewed against our requirements and we will be in touch shortly after the closing date to provide you with an update on the status of your application.

Looking forward to meeting you! 

Please note this is a Direct Search led by Unilever. Applications from agencies will not be accepted, nor will fees be paid for unsolicited CVs.

Equal Opportunity Employer: Unilever is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, disability or any other basis protected by applicable law, and will not be discriminated against. 

By highlighting the gender diversity at the workplace, Unilever encourages women equally men to apply. If you look for a job after a long career break or after any type of leave, do not hesitate to apply.


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